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Vitamin D Status and Your Health
Did you know that despite all the sunshine we have in Australia, on average 84% of Australians are deficient in Vitamin D!
This Vitamin D deficiency has been attributed to the 'Slip, Slop, Slap' campaign to reduce skin cancer and the fact that many of us stay away from sunshine.
So, what are acceptable levels of Vitamin D? A good level in a blood test is 80-135 nmoL/L. In a sunny country such as Australia 135-225 nmol/L is acceptable.
How can I increase my Vitamin D levels?
1. Use a Vitamin D capsule. A 1000IU capsule taken for 8-12 weeks will increase your Vitamin D levels by 25nmol/L. Then retest at your Doctor.
2. Spend time in the sun. Recommended times for summer are: 10 mins per day from 10- noon and in winter 20-30 mins per day at midday- 2pm. All very impractical, hence the capsules.
Why is Vitamin D so important to our health?
Non surgical treatment of Carpal Tunnel Syndromease
Carpal tunnel syndrome is the most common form of nerve entrapment of the wrists in Australia and New Zealand. It effects up to 195,000 Australians annually.
Some of my clients have had carpal tunnel syndrome and subsequent surgery but this research suggests that surgery may be avoided through the use of massage and natural anti inflammatories. I found that massage alone did not prevent surgery but did help relieve pressure on the median nerve.
Symptoms are: Pain and numbness in the fingers and a reduction in hand strength.
Common treatments include non steroidal anti inflammatories,cortico-steroid injections and management of tendonitis. Surgery is the last resort.
Who is at most risk of getting carpal tunnel syndrome?
Anyone who uses a computer excessively . As a result more and more people are presenting with the symptoms.
The patient presented with a pain score of 6/10. The pain was worse with fine hand movements, and at night. It improved with heat and a wrist brace.
Over a 5 week period the use of massage plus gut friendly anti inflammatories, fish oils and nutrition for stress all helped prevent this woman from having surgery. Her pain reduced down to 2/10, she no longer woke up at night due to pain and she only had a few sharp episodes of pain. A great result with no need for surgery.